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Table 3 Stepwise adjusted odds ratios (OR) of vigorous work activity and sitting time weekdays among working men and women aged 18–79, by level of education

From: Physical activity patterns and socioeconomic position: the German National Health Interview and Examination Survey 1998 (GNHIES98)

  Vigorous work activity Sitting time ≥ 8 hours/weekday
  Model 1a Final Model b Model 1a Final Model c
OR 95%CI OR 95%CI OR 95%CI OR 95%CI
Men (n=2109)     
Education     
  primary 18.6 (12.0-27.3) 5.5 (3.5-8.6) 1.0 1.0
  secondary 6.9 (4.6-10.3) 3.4 (2.2-5.3) 2.1 (1.7-2.7) 1.5 (1.2-1.9)
  tertiary 1.0 1.0 6.2 (4.7-8.3) 3.2 (2.4-4.3)
Occupation     
  low   2.1 (1.5-3.1)   1.0
  middle   1.0 (0.7-1.3)   2.3 (1.8-3.1)
  high   1.0   2.4 (1.9-3.1)
Income     
  low   1.3 (0.9-1.8)   1.0
  middle   1.1 (0.8-1.5)   1.7 (1.3-2.4)
  high   1.0   2.0 (1.5-2.7)
Women (n=1700)     
Education     
  primary 5.8 (4.0-8.5) 2.8 (1.8-4.4) 1.0 1.0
  secondary 2.8 (2.0-4.0) 1.9 (1.3-2.8) 1.6 (1.2-2.2) 1.1 (0.8-1.5)
  tertiary 1.0 1.0 2.7 (1.9-3.8) 1.5 (1.0-2.3)
Occupation     
  low   1.6 (1.1-2.5)   1.0
  middle   1.0 (0.7-1.4)   2.9 (2.2-3.8)
  high   1.0   1.8 (1.2-2.6)
Income     
  low   1.0 (0.7-1.5)   1.0
  middle   1.0 (0.7-1.3)   1.3 (0.9-1.7)
  high   1.0   2.1 (1.6-2.8)
  1. a Model adjusted for age groups and regional strata East/West Germany. b Adjusted as Model 1 and also for sports activity, sitting time weekdays, self-perceived health and smoking status. c Adjusted as Model 1.